The Center for innovation and Excellence in eLearning (CIEE), the premier center of its kind, promotes, encourages and sponsors the study of eLearning in the university, corporate, and public sectors.
Based on the campus of University of Massachusetts Boston, and working hand-in-hand with other campuses in the UMass system, the center serves as a linchpin for research and critical thought on eLearning in its many forms, including online education, mobile learning, and multimedia education. CIEE will publish a peer-reviewed research journal to serve the academic community by disseminating new knowledge related to eLearning.
CIEE Current Projects
The Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning is engaged in applied research on Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) delivery leading to learning analytics studies and outcomes assessments. (Read more here.)
CIEE is pursuing a research agenda to identify and develop systems and models to analyze data on student learning gathered from learning management systems (LMS). We seek to establish both a tool set and a consortium of partners interested in taking an instructional design approach to predictive analytics, an approach distinct from the study of the concerns regarding retention, progression and completing, focused instead on the moments of learning. (Read more here.)
About the Director
Alan Girelli earned his PhD in Composition and Rhetoric from UMass Amherst. His research area is synchronous networked communications. He began teaching collaboration on LANS at Emerson College in 1986, pioneered use of ASPECTS at Brandeis University in 1991, and Netmeeting, Timbuktu, and CUSeeMe at UMass Boston in 1997, before the advent of learning management systems and online education.